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Challenge '95 Papers

Identifier: UA-5

Scope and Contents

The records of Challenge 95 fall into four series: (I) Administrative Records; (II) Taskforce; (III) Publicity’ and (IV) Audio/Visual.

Series I consists of the records of the Challenge 95 administrative bodies: correspondence, minutes, reports, and other documentation of two executive bodies that governed Challenge ’95, the earlier Steering Committee and the later which served from the fall of 1989 to the fall of 1990 are placed with those of the later Leadership network to provide a complete administrative set of records. Of particular note are surveys conducted at two organizational retreats, participants held of the region and its development. The administrative records cover the entire period of the forum from 1989 to 1994.

Series II contains the records of the nine taskforces created by Challenge 95 and are naturally separated into subseries by taskforces. The taskforces are arranges: Enhancement, Education, Human Relations/Needs, Technology/Innovation, Regional Cooperation, and Legislative. The taskforce records contain correspondence, minutes, budgets, reports and other documentation related to the subject areas. The minutes in these subseries contain information gathered from a series of bimonthly meetings that each taskforce held at different locations throughout the region in order to attract a variety of area citizens. These subseries also contain reports generated by the taskforces on issues and projects on the regional level from 1989 to 1992.

Series III contains all material dealing with the publicity of Challenge ’95. This series holds newsletters, news clippings, press releases and a large amount of photographic materials from 1989 to 1993. The photographic material consists of pictures from several large Challenge ’95 meetings and other events.

Series IV contains all of the audio and video material generated by challenge ’95. These records consist of video tapes of meetings and conferences and audio tapes of meetings.


  • Creation: 1987 - 1994


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Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection. However, please note that audio and video material (28 audio cassettes, 14 video cassettes) cannot be played in the reading room due to preservation concerns. A digital reference copy, subject to copyright restrictions, can be made for access at the cost of the patron, with at least two weeks advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

History of Challenge '95

The Challenge ’95 Regional Strategic Plan was initiated in 1989 with the support of Wright State University. The plan was implemented in the public forum that was established to identity the various social forces affecting the Miami Valley, Ohio region in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The Challenge ’95 forums were used as a means of gathering the regional notables and citizens to address important issues. The initial development phase of the plan was begun in the fall of 1989. The Steering Committee identified nine issues (Economic Development, Education, Environment, Human Relations/Needs, Legislative, Regional Cooperation, Resource Enhancement, Technology/Innovation, and Transportation) around which nine taskforces were created to deal with these issues.

After the initial period of planning in the winter and spring of 1990, the forum changed format. A Transition Committee was formed through the spring and summer of 1991 to establish a new governing body, the Leadership Network, consisting of regional leaders and notables. Six of the task forces remained as committees operating Challenge ’95 goals. Over the next three years, the Challenge ’95 forum essentially focused on fulfilling a facilitating role in the implementation of region projects, such as “Meeting the Miami Valley” and “Project Discovery”.


2 linear feet


This collection documents the Challenge ’95 Project of Wright State University’s Center for Urban Planning and Public Affairs. It includes minutes, reports, forums and surveys from various subcommittees. Directories and Correspondence are also of interest to the researcher. There also is media with this collection including still photographs, audio and video of the sessions that took place from 1989-1991.


This collection is arranged into four series with eleven subseries as follows:

Series I:
Administrative Records
Series II:
Subseries 1:
Economic Development
Subseries 2:
Subseries 3:
Subseries 4:
Resource Enhancement
Subseries 5:
Subseries 6:
Human Relations/Needs
Subseries 7:
Subseries 8:
Regional Cooperation
Subseries 9:
Series III:
Series IV:
Subseries 1:
Subseries 2:

Other Finding Aids

The finding aid is available on Special Collections and Archives website at .

Immediate Source of Acquisition

January 1995

Processing Information

First processed in spring 1996, reprocessed in summer 2016

Processed by: Pamela Spetter and Bill Butler, spring 1996 Sarah Allison, summer 2016

Guide to Challenge '95 Papers (UA-5)
Pamela Spetter and Bill Butler
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2016: reprocessed summer 2016

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA